IPL 2020 Orange Cap Holder: Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul continues to top the run-scoring charts after match 45 between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan is in second, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in third. Chennai Super Kings batsman Faf du Plessis and KXIP opener Mayank Agarwal round up the top 5. A fine century from Ben Stokes and a half-century from Sanju Samson saw RR register a comprehensive eight-wicket win over MI to keep their slim chances of making the IPL 2020 play-offs alive. (IPL 2020 | IPL SCHEDULE | IPL POINTS TABLE)
Set 196 to win after MI chose to bat first, RR made what was a tricky run-chase look easy. Despite losing Robin Uthappa and Steve Smith early, an unbeaten 152-run stand for the third wicket between Stokes and Samson got RR home in 18.2 overs.
Earlier, Hardik Pandya smashed a whopping seven sixes and two fours on his way to 60 off 21 balls to propel MI to 195/5 against RR at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Pandya’s carnage meant that MI, who had been reeled in by RR after a good start, milked 79 runs of the last five overs.
Pandya came in after MI captain Kieron Pollard was dismissed off the last ball of the 13th over. He got off to a slow start and was dropped by Rahul Tewatia at deep midwicket in the 16th over when he was six off seven balls. Saurabh Tiwary smashed 17 runs in the next over after which Pandya took off.
He hit four sixes in the 18th over bowled by Ankit Rajpoot and the over produced 27 runs. Kartik Tyagi bowled the last over in which Pandya hit three sixes and two fours, thus sending another over for 27 runs.
Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan put up an 83-run partnership for the second wicket but RR made their way back into the game with quick wickets in the middle overs. Pandya’s onslaught, however, ensured they ended with a good total.